Investigation: US presidential candidate with ties to AllatRa works for Russan propaganda
US presidential candidate Robby Wells, who has ties to the quasireligious cult AllatRa, suspected of anti-Ukrainian activities by the Security Service of Ukraine, uses the cult's platforms to praise Russian President Vladimir Putin and call for Ukraine's surrender on Russian state TV channels, reports Suspilne.
As Suspilne journalists learned, Robby Wells is a former football coach. He has run for US president three times since 2011. During the last presidential election in 2020, he ran in the Democratic primaries (party elections) in three states, getting less than 1% of the vote.
Since 2019, Wells has been a key AllatRa speaker in the United States, using their resources to promote himself. As of today, he continues to campaign for his candidacy in the 2024 US presidential election on the resources of the organization "Creative Society", which is affiliated with AllatRa and whose ads can still be noticed in some Ukrainian cities.
A "Creative Society" billboard in Lutsk. Photo by Suspilne
In his speeches, Robby Wells is overtly sympathetic to Putin and says that, after becoming president, he will be able to "save the planet" together with the Russian President and the head of the People's Republic of China, Xi Jinping.
"Just so you understand, Putin is loved more than Trump and Biden are in America. And if Putin went to the polls now against Biden, Trump and anyone else, I tell you openly, Putin would win in a landslide," said Robby Wells in one of his "Creative Society" videos.
The journalists learned that after joining AllatRa, Robby Wells also became a regular commentator on the Russian TV channels NTV and REN TV, which portray him as a successful American politician and expert on all issues US.
Robby Wells on the Russian channel Ren TV. Screenshot of a Ren TV video by Suspilne
On social media, Robby Wells notes that he not only comments, but also works as a correspondent for NTV and as an an international correspondent for "Russia Today".
In 2022, Robby Wells started commenting to propagandists on the war in Ukraine. In his speeches, he criticizes US aid and calls for negotiations. "The USA must stay out of the conflict to prevent the Third World War," Wells told the Russian propaganda TV channel NTV. He continues to push similar talking points in the US.
At the same time, Robby Wells evaded journalists' questions about his election campaign being funded by Russian sources. He told the journalists that it was Marina Ovtsynova, a former music teacher from Simferopol who received US citizenship and promotes AllatRa, who introduced him to the Creative Society.
Maryna Ovtsynova is the founder of the non-profit "AllatRa IPM USA", the director of the American company "ALLATRA USA LLC" and the vice president of the non-profit "Creative Society", which is registered in Sacramento, California.
On their social media, Ovtsynova and other representatives of the American "AllatRa" do not hide their sympathy for Putin, the journalists claim.
As IMI reported, on November 2, 2023, the SBU and the National Police uncovered the international criminal organization "AllatRa" and thwarted the subversive activities of over 20 of its cells which worked for the benefit of the Russian special services.
"AllatRa" existed in Ukraine for more than 10 years, posing as a non-political community of volunteers who call for self-discovery and unification of people from all over the world. Ukrainian officials and show business stars have taken part in AllatRa events.
In August, "Babel" reported that some Ukrainian media outlets ("Ukrainsky Novyny", UNIAN and NV) shared the address of the self-proclaimed scientist Egon Cholakyan about the apocalypse which the planet Earth is supposedly approaching. Members of the "Creative Society" promoted his talking points on social media.
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